Save the Date for the Virtual Annual Lunch-In: Oct. 5

woman receiving award on stage

We have transitioned BestPrep’s Annual Luncheon event to a completely virtual platform, now called the Annual Lunch-In! Join us on October 5, 2020 at 12:00pm from your home or office to honor our most outstanding volunteers, teachers, and students from the 2019-2020 school year. Stay where you are, having your lunch in, and participate in a celebration and discussion with BestPrep! This event is free – invite your friends, colleagues, and family members to tune in.

Special recognition will go to Don Friborg Student of the Year Award winner Khadra Sharif of the University of St. Thomas, Carpenter Educator of the Year Award winner Jenna Gomer of Burnsville High School, and Board Member of Distinction Award winner Adam Taylor of Securian Financial. Other awards recognized will be Service Awards and Educators of Excellence. We will announce the surprise Bunzel Volunteer of the Year Award winner during the event. See the list of all 2020 award winners here.

We are honored to welcome keynote speaker Jeannine Rivet, Retired Executive Vice President of UnitedHealth Group, and to hear her address “Climbing the Ladder without Getting Dizzy or Falling Off.” Jeannine’s keynote will include an interactive Q&A with attendees. She has received numerous awards and is a driving force in challenging the industry to enhance health and well-being through information, collaboration, and advancement of optimal healthcare.

The Annual Lunch-In will also feature a message from Pulitzer-Prize winning author and New York Times columnist, Thomas Friedman. As a former keynote speaker of BestPrep’s Educational Forum, Friedman’s ability to make complex cultural subjects and them understandable makes him one of the most sought-after speakers in America. Growing up in St. Louis Park, Tom has a unique perspective of the Twin Cities area and Minnesota.

The event will be emceed by Paul Douglas, WCCO Radio co-host of the Paul and Jordana Show, Meteorologist, and founder of EarthWatch Communications.

BestPrep’s virtual Annual Lunch-In program allows for representatives from business and education from all over Minnesota to tune in. The event is free for individuals – invite your family and friends to learn more about the impact BestPrep makes on Minnesota students.

Registration links will be sent shortly. For questions, email

To sponsor the event, learn more here.